Does Tesla Model 3 Summon Work On Snow & Ice?


It turns out the Tesla Model 3 Summon Mode feature has successes and failures when operating on snow and ice.

Interestingly, Tesla Summon Mode has just arrived in a recent over-the-air update for Model 3 owners in Canada. YouTuber Tesla Canuck has noticed that most of the videos showcasing Summon Mode have been shot in warm, sunny weather. Obviously, he lives in Canada, and as you can see from the video, fresh snow has just fallen. In addition, his driveway has a bit of a grade to it. It’s also important to note that he has a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive Model 3.

Fortunately, the Model 3’s Summon feature seems to work just fine heading up the driveway. However, during the second test, it’s sitting on some ice-covered snow. The goal here is to get the car to head into the garage. At first, it appears the car will make it, but due to the mild grade and the icy tire tracks, it begins to slip. Tesla Canuck makes a few attempts and it’s clear that the car is just not able to get traction on the ice. It continues to slip, so he decides not to push it. It almost looks as though the Model 3 could slip and slide or turn, which could be bad if it contacted the structure.

We’d be interested to see what would happen if it did gain some traction and was headed for the garage door frame. Would it detect it and be able to avoid? Hopefully, we’ll continue to get more footage of Tesla vehicles and features in cold weather, so perhaps we can answer such questions.

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comment section below.

Video Description via Tesla Canuck on YouTube:

Will Tesla Model 3 RWD Summon Work on Snow and Ice? Yes AND no.

In this video I test the Model 3 summon feature on a snow and ice covered driveway. Success and failure. Please subscribe if you enjoy my videos.šŸ˜ŠšŸ‘

I am using the winter tires from the Tesla online store: 4 x 235/45/18 – PIRELLI WINTER SOTTOZEROā„¢ SERIE II. I have the RWD Long Range edition of the Model 3.


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9 Comments on "Does Tesla Model 3 Summon Work On Snow & Ice?"

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7 minutes of my life I’ll never get back.

And then you spend another one writing this comment… šŸ˜›

Biggest fear for my Model 3 this winter…thick ice over the door handles.
Not sure how that’s going to work out.

I had some already. I had to pick at it a bit, and then push hard through the ice, but it did break free. My driver side mirror also froze in the closed position. Later in the day, it worked. Some people have reported issues w/the windows freezing, but haven’t had that yet. I know other cars i’ve owned have had frozen windows, so that concerns me, because in the Model 3, the window moving down is what allows you to open the door. Speaking of doors, I also had issues w/ice buildup over the charge port door. You have to make sure all the ice is out of there so it will close properly.

I had problems with summon and never got it to work on my driveway or garage. It didn’t like the incline.

It doesn’t sound like a failure to gain traction on an icy incline has anything to do with the actual Summon functionality? Am I missing something?…

I think his point was, if a human was driving, they could pull into the garage, but summon cannot.

Summon is very slow, so you can’t gain much momentum leading up to the garage. Because of the speed/acceleration, it does have something to do with Summon. He could back the car up, then get up enough speed to make it past where it spun its wheels. An additional side point is that the man’s weight will help as well.

Rear wheel drive in snow with all season tires is asking for trouble. Double that with ice underneath. Get snows even though it will eat into range in a serious way. There are quiet and progressive designs out there and studs aren’t the way to go for a variety of reasons.

If there are slopes and hilly terrain get snows and at least FWD. Sure, all wheel drive can be better. Two wheel drive in some conditions are better with traction control turned off when in an area where snow and sloping terrain and lower speeds are required for drives and lower speed situations. You have to learn. But rear wheel drive can quickly become a liability.